I think one thing is certain; the writers definitely need to change their approach at some point. In all aspects of Pokemon, demand is generated not only through new and fresh Pokemon, but maintained through existing fan favorites. In the games you can build any kids of team and the options only become more diverse as generations pass. Same with the TCG. That's Pokemon's engine in a nutshell; keeping fans hooked so long has led Pokemon to long-term success. The anime should be no different; it needs to measure up to the same standards as the rest of the franchise.
I'm not one to outright say the anime is bad, but its creators need to really ask themselves if its doing its job, not just to stay competitive in tv, but also be at the same level as everything else Pokemon. In order to do this, they may very well decide to take past creations such as Pokemon from existing regions, Misty, Brock etc and rework them so that they serve a purpose once again. One of the major strengths of the anime is not only building relationships between characters, human and Pokemon alike, but showcasing the value of those relationships. And the most effective way to do that is with friends who are very close, who know each other's strengths and weaknesses, and can help each other grow.
Because of that, I not only believe Misty has a valid reason to return, but a valid reason to stay for a long period. For the fans, for herself, and for our hero Ash. The ball is now in the writers court and they need to decide for themselves if its the right direction.
Last edited by Bluelatios*; 21st January 2013 at 7:20 PM.
I am the current leader of Save Our Voice Actors, a Pokemon fan group supporting the voice actors in the anime dubbed by 4Kids (seasons 1-8). Our goal is to provide The Pokemon Company international with encouraging feedback in support of returning the main cast members. If you're interested, please visit us at facebook.com/saveourvoiceactors